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Date registered: Oct 2007
Vehicle: 2008 E350
Location: Hartsdale, NY
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Dip-down right-side mirror
The owner's manual for our 2008 E350 gave instructions for programming the right-side outside mirror to dip down when backing up. Since this is a wonderfull feature that I loved on our 2005 Audi A6, I attempted to program it. No such luck. My salesman told me that MB dropped it on the 2008 model. I was really annoyed; why in the world would they eliminate such an owner-installed option? When I took the car in for its first service I commented about the fact to the service advisor. When the car was finished he told me that he was able to program the feature back into the car. I love it.
What I don't love is the fact that my Parktronic backup sensors do not start making a sound till I am 10 inches from an obstacle (another car). Yes, the lights do indicate that I am getting close to the car behind me when I park, but it would be helpful if the sound warned me as well--like it does in other cars I have owned.
I can think of only one reason for this. My car also has front sensors. In order for the sound not to come on when stuck in traffic, they programmed the car to not make a sound till the car is very close to another car. And they were too lazy to have it work differently for the rear sensors.
So much for German engineering--it may be meticulous but it isn't user-friendly.
I do like the fact that the trunk is not locked when the doors are not locked, unlike in my old Audi. Why keep the trunk locked when an open door permits access to the button that pops the trunk open?